Koenigsegg Agera RS: acceleration to 480 km/h is possibleJanuary 22, 2018
The tires will not prevent the Swedish hypercar accelerate to the maximum speed.
In November last year, the Koenigsegg Agera RS became the fastest serial civilian car in the world, accelerating to an average speed of 447 km / h on the results of two races on one stretch of a deserted road in Nevada in two directions. There was recorded a record speed on the public road – 457 km / h.
The speed is crazy, but will the Agera RS overcome the 482.8 km / h (300 mph) limit? Previously it was assumed that the biggest obstacle in this would be tires. Nevertheless, when the hypercar accelerated to 457 km / h, it was equipped with standard for this model tires Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, designed for normal daily use.
This year, at the Detroit Motor Show, Christian von Koenigsegg and product manager Michelin Eric Schmadding discussed what tires can withstand, and what can be done for the Agera RS. Schmadding admitted that the tires are not designed for driving at 434 km / h, according to The Drive, but added: “Although their rating means lower speeds, we know that the true capabilities of tires are much greater.”
The greatest danger is overheating of tires, which is amplified when driving at high speed. Since the Koenigsegg Agera RS can accelerate to 482 km / h quickly, the overclocking process does not create problems. “If the car is quickly gaining speed 434 km / h, but another 5 minutes gaining speed from 434 to 482 km / h, it will not work,” – said the representative of Michelin.
“If someone wants to set this record, it’s quite feasible,” said Koenigsberg. “The car needs higher revs and an increased gear ratio, but we can reach 300 mph right now. It’s scary and dangerous to drive so fast, as there are a lot of uncontrollable aspects, including animals, rolling-field, road irregularities and wind. It’s doable, but it’s not our job. ”